The Shedder – December 2017
Another 12 months have passed and it is that time of year again, when the workbenches and tools are being pushed aside in most Men’s Sheds to make way for the trestle tables covered in decorations and Christmas fare. It’s the time when our families, friends and Men’s Shed supporters gather in the shed to celebrate Christmas and when most sheds end the year and close for the festive season.
As we bring 2017 to a close, there’s a lot to reflect on. We’ve had some big challenges and a great many successes. This year, we mark ten years of AMSA supporting Mens Sheds. We are proud to share with you AMSA’s history and the people, sheds, communities and organisations that that have a part of the journey; a journey that has seen Men’s Sheds grow all around Australia and the world.
For the staff here at AMSA, we are committed to supporting Men’s Sheds through building relationships and delivering initiatives that support and enhance the broader movement. We do all this to build communities and enable positive lifestyle outcomes for Australian men. It’s what has driven us for a decade, and will continue to well into the future.
In the last few weeks most of you have probably spent more time at the local shopping centre than you would have throughout the entire year, wishing that you were at the shed or the hardware store impatiently waiting for the season to be over. Most of you I’m sure are also looking forward to spend time with your families and friends. Throughout the Men’s Shed network we will look after the wellbeing of our mates throughout the season, providing company and support for those who need it.
We have some big things planned for 2018, and we’re all looking forward to an exciting year delivering programs, events and resources for the benefit of Men’s Sheds everywhere. But for now, we’re looking forward to a well-earned break. The AMSA Office will close on Friday 22 December and we’ll be back in the office to tackle 2018 on Monday 15 January 2018.
We wish you a Merry Christmas from the team here at AMSA; Matt, Mel, Liz, Gary, Bec, Emma, Lez and myself.